From natural flooding to a burst pipe, water damage inside your home is as costly as it is damaging. The faster you turn to a professional for help removing and restoring your home following any kind of water damage is important. It helps not only revert your home back to its pre-water damage condition but reduce the chance of you developing serious health issues due to flooding remnants. Regardless of what caused the water damage, here is everything you need to know about water damage cleanup.
The faster you act the less damage you’ll sustain. Extended exposure to water can cause problems not only with items you own but with the house itself. It may saturate the flooring and walls, resulting in the need to remove and replace everything the water remained in contact with. If you act quickly it may be possible to avoid this kind of extensive repair needs.
Water Leads to Mold Development
The biggest problem with your home following water damage isn’t necessarily the physical structure and issues it faces. The problems sit with the development of mold. Mold can spawn from just a little bit of moisture and a porous surface. Wood, drywall, paper and nearly anything organic falls into this category. Mold spores spread easily as well. As it only takes a small amount of moisture, it can push from one wall to the next without you ever knowing it.
Mold, initially, is invisible. You won’t see it or smell it right away, but it doesn’t mean the mold isn’t there. If areas of your home remained submerged under water for longer than a few hours, there is a good chance mold spores started to develop. If this area is not completely removed and restored, the mold will continue to grow.
The Problem With Mold
Mold has a two-faced issue. For starters, it deteriorates the building. It starts to eat away at the building material and may lead to rot. Dry rot, for example, occurs when something such as wood came in contact with mold spores and then tried. The mold continues to grow and feast on the wood. The deterioration of the building material will result in the need to have it replaced. However, what started as a confined area of mold spores along one small area in the basement can quickly spread to other areas of the wall and insulation. It doesn’t take much for mold spores to move into the ventilation system of the house and then any other room. What started as a mold in the basement problem may move into the kitchen or the kid’s bedrooms.
This is the second problem of mold. Mold is dangerous. Many people are allergic to mold, so this can cause breathing problems with anyone (and anything) living in the house. Some forms of mold are much more dangerous and can lead to serious lung conditions as well.
Water Damage Cleanup
During water damage cleanup, everything suffering water damage will likely be tossed. After the room is completely free of moisture, the removal service provider will likely test for mold. Mold spores may not form right away, but the test is important. After the initial test, it is necessary to have a second test several weeks down the road. This way, it’s possible to determine if mold has in fact developed or if the house is good to go. The quicker you move following any flooding the easier it is to remove moisture from the house and remove any possible growth destinations for mold.
Water damage cleanup may result in the removal of rugs and carpeting, plus portions of drywall, installation and the floor. It comes down to the extensive nature of the water damage and how long the area remained in contact with water. Whatever the needs though you must have the damaged areas removed when recommended, in order to prevent mold development.
Just because you don’t see any remaining damage doesn’t mean it’s completely gone. It’s imperative for you to do what you can to restore your home back to its pre-water damage condition. By taking to heart each of these important pointers, you’ll reduce the possibility of mold developing and spreading throughout the rest of your house.